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Conference Schedule

Sunday             February 28, 2010

Welcome Reception, Omni Bayfront Hotel Foyer, 7:00 - 9:00 pm

Monday             March 1, 2010

Natural Sciences: Physical and Biological Dimensions of the Problem

7:00 - 8:00

Breakfast, Omni Bayfront Hotel Foyer

ROOM

CORPUS CHRISTI BALLROOM A/B

8:00 - 8:15

Welcome - Larry McKinney, Director, Harte Research Institute; Flavius Killebrew, President, Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi; Joe Adame, Mayor, Corpus Christi, Texas

Technical Session

Response of Coastal Geologic Systems to Sea-Level Change, Moderator: James Gibeaut

8:15 - 8:35

Geologic History of Sea Level Change in the Gulf of Mexico; Past, Present and Future - Richard (Skip) A. Davis, Harte Research Institute, Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi

8:35 - 8:55

Holocene Sea-Level Change and the Evolution of Coastal Depositional Systems: Implications for the Future - Antonio B. Rodriguez, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

8:55 - 9:15

Impact of Rising Sea Level and Reduced Sediment Supply on Deltas: The Mississippi River Delta Case - Harry H. Roberts, Coastal Studies Institute, School of the Coast and Environment, Louisiana State University

9:15 - 9:35

Panel Discussion

9:35 - 9:50

Break

Technical Session

Measuring Sea-Level Change and Current Trends, Moderator: Jim Titus

9:50 - 10:10

Sea-Level Rise in the Gulf of Mexico - Gary T. Mitchum, University of South Florida

10:10 - 10:30

Sea-Level Trends Along Mexico's Coast - Jorge Zavala Hidalgo, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México

10:30 - 10:50

Sea-Level Measurement, Determination, and Application in the Gulf of Mexico - Stephen Gill, NOAA/NOS Center for Operational Oceanographic Products and Services

10:50 - 11:10

Update on Global Sea-Level Projections Since IPCC Fourth Assessment - David Vaughan, British Antarctic Survey

11:10 - 11:40

Panel Discussion

ROOM

NUECES BALLROOM A/B

12:00 - 1:30

Luncheon Talk –Today’s Flood is Tomorrow’s High Tide. Are you Ready? - Margaret Davidson, Director, NOAA Coastal Services Center

ROOM

CORPUS CHRISTI BALLROOM A/B

Technical Session

Modeling and Assessing Impacts of Sea-Level Rise I, Moderator: Michael Orbach

1:30 -1:50

Causes, Rates, and Regional Variability of Sea-Level Rise - Virginia Burkett, National Wetlands Research Center, U.S. Geological Survey

1:50 - 2:10

The Limits of Salt Marsh Adaptation to Rising Sea Level - James T. Morris, Belle W Baruch Institute for Marine and Coastal Sciences, University of South Carolina

2:10 -2:30

Integrating Sea Level Rise with Hurricane Flood Level Statistics - Jennifer L. Irish, Texas A&M University

2:30 - 2:50

Panel Discussion

2:50 - 3:05

Break

Technical Session

Modeling and Assessing Impacts of Sea-Level Rise II, Moderator: John Jacob

3:05 - 3:25

The Impact of Sea-Level Rise on Changing Coastlines - Nathaniel Plant, Center for Coastal and Watershed Studies, U.S. Geological Survey

3:25 - 3:45

Sea Level Rise and Coral Reefs: Predicting Responses - Pamela Hallock-Muller, University of South Florida

3:45 - 4:05

Impacts of Sea-Level Rise on the Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico - Jorge I. Euan-Avila, Department of Marine Resources at CINVESTAV IPN, Merida, Yucatan, Mexico

4:05 - 4:30

Panel Discussion

4:30

Adjourn  

ROOM

ARANSAS ROOM

CORPUS CHRISTI BALLROOM C

5:30 - 7:00

Educator Workshop - RSVP Required

Poster Session and Reception

ROOM

CORPUS CHRISTI BALLROOM A/B

7:00 - 8:30

Evening Public Session: Melting Ice and Rising Seas: Perceptions, Risk, and Reality - David Vaughan, British Antarctic Survey

Tuesday             March 2, 2010

Human Dimensions

7:30 -8:30

Breakfast, Omni Bayfront Hotel Foyer

ROOM

CORPUS CHRISTI BALLROOM A/B

8:30 - 8:40

Welcome - David Yoskowitz - Harte Research Institute, Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi

8:40 - 9:00

NOAA's Role in Helping Coastal Communities Address the Impacts of Sea-Level Rise - John H. Dunnigan, Senior Policy Advisor to the Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere

Technical Session

Sea-Level Rise Impacts on Ecosystems and Human Well-Being, Moderator: Gary Mitchum

9:00 - 9:20

Sea Level Rise Impact on Ecosystems and Fisheries - Roger Zimmerman, NOAA/NMFS

9:20 - 9:40

Incorporating Risk and Vulnerability Factors in the Development of Models Used in the Sea and Land Use Planning of the Gulf of Mexico and Caribbean Sea - Porfirio Alvarez Torres, United Nations for Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO)

9:40 - 10:00

Climate Change and Human Health - Mark Maslin, University College London

10:00 - 10:20

Panel Discussion  

10:20 - 10:35

Break

Technical Session

Infrastructure and Resilience I, Moderator: Nikki Pace

10:35 - 10:55

Early Warning Systems to Extreme Hydro-Meteorological Events for the South Coast of Tamaulipas, Mexico - Roberto Padilla Hernández, Universidad Autonoma de Tamaulipas

10:55 - 11:15

Wetland Transgressions and Human Misdeeds: Topography, Development, and Sea Level Rise on the Gulf Coast - John Jacob, Texas A&M University, Sea Grant

11:15 - 11:35

Coastal States Organization Climate Change Workgroup - Findings and Purpose for Coastal Climate Change Adaptation Legislation - Eddie Fisher, Texas General Land Office

11:35 - 12:00

Panel Discussion

12:00 - 1:30

Lunch 

Technical Session

Infrastructure and Resilience II, Moderator: Cuauhtemoc Leon

1:30 - 2:00

Climate Change Impacts on Seaports: A Global Survey of Port Administrators' Perceptions and Plans - Austin Becker, Stanford University

2:00 - 2:30

Impacts of Climate Change and Variability on Transportation Systems and Infrastructure in the Gulf Coast - Rob Kafalenos, Department of Transportation

2:30 - 2:45

Panel Discussion

2:45 - 3:00

Break

Technical Session

Economic and Policy Impacts, Moderator: Richard (Skip) Davis

3:00 - 3:20

The Socio-Economic Impacts of Sea Level Rise in Galveston Bay - David Yoskowitz, Harte Research Institute, Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi

3:20 - 3:40

Human, Economic, and Policy Impacts of Sea Level Rise in Mexico - Hipolito Rodriguez, CIESAS-Golfo

3:40 - 4:00

Pick the Response Pathway Now - Jim Titus, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

4:00 - 4:20

Panel Discussion

4:20

Adjourn

ROOM

ARANSAS ROOM

CORPUS CHRISTI BALLROOM C

5:30 - 7:00

Educator Workshop 2 - RSVP Required

Poster Session and Reception

ROOM

CORPUS CHRISTI BALLROOM A/B

7:00 - 8:30

Evening Public Session: Cultural and Historical Perspectives on Sea Level Rise: Our Migrating Coasts and Human Communities - Michael Orbach, Duke University

Wednesday       March 3, 2010

Law, Policy and Comparative Studies

7:00 - 8:00

Breakfast, Omni Bayfront Hotel Foyer

ROOM

CORPUS CHRISTI BALLROOM A/B

Technical Session

Legal Implications of Innovative Planning Strategies for Sea Level Rise in the Gulf of Mexico

8:00 - 8:10

Moderator - Richard McLaughlin, Harte Research Institute, Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi

8:10 - 8:30

Introduction to Legal and Policy Issues Associated With Promoting Coastal Resiliency - Margaret Peloso, Vinson & Elkins

8:30 - 8:50

Municipal Exactions at the Water's Edge - Timothy Mulvaney, Texas Wesleyan University Law School

8:50 - 9:10

Governmental Liability for Failing to Protect Citizens from Known or Impending Hazards - James Wilkins, Louisiana Sea Grant Law and Policy Program, Louisiana State University

9:10 - 9:30

Reducing "Investment-backed Expectations" in Coastal Areas - Thomas Ruppert, University of Florida Levin College of Law and Program for Resource Efficient Communities

9:30 - 10:00

Panel Discussion

10:00 - 10:15

Break

Technical Session

International Sea-Level Rise Policies and Comparative Case Studies

10:15 - 10:35

Moderator - Anantha Babbili, Provost, Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi

10:35 - 10:55

Flood Risk and Sea Level Rise in London and the UK - Tim Reeder, U.K. Environmental Agency

10:55 - 11:15

Sea-Level Rise Planning in the State of Veracruz, Mexico - Carlos Welsh Rodriguez, University of Veracruz

11:15 - 11:35

Sea-Level Rise Policies in Indonesia and the Coral Triangle - Subandono Diptosaptono, Indonesian Department of Marine Resources

11:35 - 11:55

Sea-Level Rise Policies in Cuba - Dan Whittle, Environmental Defense

11:55 - 12:15

Panel Discussion

12:30 - 2:00

Special Gulf of Mexico Alliance Session on Sea Level Rise Lunch - RSVP Required

Technical Session

Management Strategies for Sea-Level Rise in the Gulf Region

2:15 - 4:30

Special Gulf of Mexico Alliance Session on Sea Level Rise

4:30

Adjourn Conference

6:00 - 8:00 pm

Farewell Social Event (South Texas Museum of Art)

 

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